The Rector writes ‘The Bishop has asked me to convey his thanks to you all for your generous support for his local appeal in response to the floods in our Diocese. An incredible €65,000 has been donated by the people of this Diocese, of which €24,000 came from the retiring collections on the first two Sundays of January, and a further €41,000 came in direct donations from individuals within our Diocese. He is hugely grateful and, on behalf of all those affected by the floods, says a very warm ‘thank you’. The fund is still open for further donations and a number of donors have also indicated that they wish their donation to assist in building up a fund to support those in need when future crises arise. Next weekend, our Diocese will be host, under the auspices of the Porvoo Agreement, to a visiting group from the Church of Sweden and they will hold a number of meetings here. They will also be visiting a number of parishes including ours! We are happy to have two of their number join us for our Services next Sunday 14th. We are all (Clergy, readers and parishioners) invited to go to St Fin Barre’s Cathedral next Sunday for Evensong at 3.30 p.m. and join our Swedish guests in worship. Don’t forget that we will also have our very own Songs of Praise Evensong at 7pm in St John’s next Sunday so plenty of time for both!’
New year: New opportunities to share your time and talents: At the recent Gift Day, some people registered their interest in sharing their time and talents within the Parish. If you haven’t already, do tick a few boxes on the Time and Talents form and share your ideas with us. Completed forms may be handed to Eddie Pierce (087 255 7505), Ingrid Glen (085 888 8044) or a ChurchWarden. From music to muscles, we will do our best to match-make!
Songs of Praise Choral Evensong. In St John’s Church, Monkstown on 14th February at 7pm, there will be a “Songs of Praise Choral Evensong”. This is an opportunity for parishioners to choose their favourite hymn from our hymn book, and ask people to sponsor the hymn at 50 cent per vote. The most popular hymns will be sung on the evening! Sponsorship cards are available at the back of the churches, or from the church wardens. The proceeds will be sent to the ever deserving charity – “Focus Ireland”. Please support our hardworking Choir!
LADIES’CANDLELIGHT SUPPER Friday, 12th February at 8pm in Carrigaline Parish hall. €5 per person. All Welcome . Bring your friends. Wear your finest!!! If you can bring a salad or dessert please let Hilary Dring know at 086-3680513.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Invitation for all to attend The World Day of Prayer Service – “Receive Children, Receive Me” prepared by the Christian Women of Cuba, on Saturday 5th March 2016 at 10am in Our Lady and St John Parish Centre. If there are any adults or children who would like to do a reading or prayer, please let Millie Kingston know by 17th February mobile 086-8091443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARRIGALINE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE We as a community have a collective responsibility to mind each other by recognising and responding to calls for help or signs of suicidal behaviour. Carrigaline Family Support Centre are keen to empower people to feel confident in responding to people who may have suicidal thoughts. We are holding a SafeTalk programme here in the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre on February 24th from 7pm till 10pm and invite you all to attend free of charge. As places are limited, please call us on 021-4919299 to reserve your place.
Grow It Yourself The Passage, Glenbrook & Monkstown Group welcome Elmer Komans of Fruit Hill Farm, Bantry for organic seed sale and demonstration of grain mill and juicer on Thursday 18 February 2016 at 19:30 in the Church Of Ireland Hall, Passage West. All welcome. Further details email@example.com.
8th Feb Toddlers Plus One 10 to 12pm Parish Hall
Monday Club 3 to 5pm Parish Hall
10th Feb Ash Wednesday. Lenten Study Course in Parish Hall at approx. 8pm immediately after the 7.30pm Eucharist Service in St Mary’s Church.
13th Feb Confirmation Class 6 to 8pm Rectory
14th Feb Visitors from the Church of Sweden to our morning Services.
14th Feb Songs of Praise Choral Evensong. 7pm St John’s.
15th Feb Annual update of Vestry Register 7pm Parish Hall
18th Feb Children’s Movie Night 6pm Parish Hall
5th Mar World Day of Prayer 10am OL & St J Parish Centre
16th Mar St Patrick’s Eve Eucharist as Gaelige 7.30 St Mary’s
18th Mar ‘Music in March’ Concert 7.30pm St Mary’s Dan Twomey (Tenor) , The Carrigaline Singers,
Monkstown Chamber Choir.
14th Apr Annual Easter Vestry 7pm Parish Hall
1st May Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s Church
Random Notes CLXXXI
When I was in my teens, I earned my pocket-money by doing odd gardening jobs around Monkstown. This was a great privilege, and I can remember one night trying to remember the names of all the people who lived, or who had lived in each house along “Marine Villas”. This delightful row of, originally 14 semi-detached houses, was built in the 1840’s, mainly as summer homes for wealthy Cork merchants. While alterations over the years have changed the layout, most of the original houses had two basement rooms, two ground floor rooms, two upstairs bedrooms and two attic rooms.
Number 1:- Was bought by Tom and Joan Gollock in the late 1960’s and before then, it was the home of Canon Bourchier after he had retired as Rector of Monkstown.
Number 2:- In the 1980’s this was occupied by Ester Seymour and her nephew John Mateson. John was a retired banker. Ms Seymour and her mother escaped “the troubles” in West Cork, moving to Marine Villas from Brinny in 1921. Ester’s mother celebrated her 100th birthday at 2, Marine Villas.
Number 3:- Now occupied by Ivan Wolfe, number 3 was previously occupied by Pat & Cecil McCall and Pat’s mother, Mrs Fox.
Number 4:- Mrs Irwin & Mrs Harley lived in number 4, before Rosalie Taylor moved in. My over-riding memory of this house, is the beautiful oak panelling in the hallway and downstairs living rooms. Also, Ms Taylor would not allow anyone in to her basement!
Number 5:- Iris Llewellyn was seven years old when she moved in to number 5 with her mother, Mrs Llewellyn and grand-mother Mrs Nash. They had moved to Monkstown from New York. Both Ms Llewellyn and her mother baked cakes and if there was an event in the Parochial Hall, this was always their allotted job. The house is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment by Brian French.
Number 6:- In the 1980’s this was occupied by the Muldowney family, and prior to them it was the home of Phyllis Harte and Mrs Cant. Currently occupied by Finian (??) O’Driscoll and Kenna (nee Cuppage).
Number 7:- Occupied by Donal and Mary McDonald. Mary inherited the house and has lived there for nearly all her married life.
Number 8:- Occupied by Terri and the late Mick O’Driscoll. They had seven children.
Number 9:- Previously owned by Cecil and Muriel Garde. Cecil worked for the Munster and Leinster Bank and has his initials in wrought iron on the entrance gates (still there). Muriel was very involved with the Girl Guides in Monkstown and moved to Ireland as a Governess from Somerset. She also sang with the choir in St John’s during the 70’s and 80’s. I can recall Mrs Garde siting cross-legged on her lawn when she was in her 80’s!
Number 10:- Currently occupied by Philip & Jean Whitaker.
Number 11:- Eileen Payne (Granny Payne) lived in number 11 in the 70’s and 80’s. Growing up, she was the only girl in a family of boys and as such became a real tom-boy, with a passion for motor bikes! She lost a finger as a child and two of her brothers died in the First World War. Her home-made wine was well know locally to contain dead flies! One day, when she must have been in her 80’s or even 90’s, she had a fall upstairs in her bedroom. Before the days of mobile ‘phones, and being a very practical lady, she got her neighbours attention by putting a pair of red bloomers on a stick and stuck it out of her bedroom window! At her funeral, the hymn “Fight the good fight, with all thy might” was chosen…!!
Number 12:- Currently occupied by Nicky and his wife, from “The Bosun”, Ms Nora McConville retired to number 12 in the 1970’s. She had been a head-mistress in London for most of her life and inherited the house from her parents.
Numbers 13 and 14 were bought by the architect Rupert Boyd-Barrett and his wife Mary in the 1920’s and made in to one property. Mr Boyd-Barrett was very much involved with designing Churches around Cork in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. Mrs Boyd-Barrett enjoyed bridge parties, smoking and eating cucumber sandwiches before passing away in the late 1980’s. Hers was the last property, in my recollection, to have a full-time live-in housekeeper in Monkstown.